I found a blog post that talks about business cards for job seekers. It correctly says that a job seeker needs to have business cards, and that you should not use the business cards from your previous employer. It’s super-easy to get your own.
In the post it says that you should include “Your job function or title, or 2-3 core competencies.” I would actually NOT put 2 – 3 core competencies. The only time I see a list of “core competencies” is when someone is pitching themselves… and I quickly (mentally) disregard the list. Not sure why, but it just doesn’t mean much. Usually, they sound cliche.
Cliche, in this context, means something that I would expect from any professional. Things like “great worker, smart, high achiever,” etc. don’t do it for me.
I remember hearing that in sales you sell the benefit, not the features. Maybe the core competencies are “features,” and you aren’t selling a benefit?
Anyway, I love the business card idea, but I would make it look like “I’m a professional ________,” as opposed to “I’m a professional in a job search.”